Always set aside a little bit of money in your budget for restocking bulk items.
Why you ask? – To keep you on the zerowaste wagon.
This week I set aside some money and restocked three items in my pantry that were due to run out soon and can be hard to find.
- a ginormous jar of coconut oil.
- a considerably massive jar of honey
- a bigger than average jar of 100% peanut butter
All 3 things are in glass with recyclable metal lids and no extra plastic wrap meaning nothing will be down-cycled. The peanut butter and honey (for my homemade granola) will last for weeks and the coconut oil will last at least 9 months. Furthermore the jars are big enough that I can use them for storage for leftover foods or cheese when they are finished.
Although the initial investment can appear extremely expensive in the long run it usually works out far cheaper per gram thus saving you money. I’m constantly delighted about how much more cost efficient the zerowaste option usually is.
If you are starting out stagger your initial investments over a few weeks. Once you have done this you will begin to see your regular shopping bill gradually getting lower and budgeting to invest in replacements every so often won’t seem so difficult. If you don’t set this money aside you will risk buying the cheap fix wrapped in excess plastic packaging which is not sensible from a monetary or a Zerowaste point of view.
Another alternative is to agree to share the bulk size with someone else. For example, I could easily offer to give half of that coconut oil to a friend or family member who also uses it and although we would have to buy it more often the price would still work out much better for both of us.
So save some money and buy in bulk, because when it comes to Zerowaste, size matters ; )